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Spring 2012


(CRN 20167/20557; FYES-24160)
Archaeology: Where the Present Meets the Past
3 social science/3 humanities credits
Maureen Hays/Jim Newhard
How do real archaeologists go about reconstructing past societies?  What are the tools of their trade, and how do they use them?  How do they go about combining data from different sources to paint a picture of the past?  This learning community will answer these questions and many others.  ANTH202 (Introduction to Archaeology) covers methodological techniques while introducing you to prehistoric cultures.  CLAS104 (Introduction to Classical Archaeology) investigates the history, traditions, and methods behind classical archaeology, delving into why and how the remains of these cultures continue to captivate western society.

(CRN 24211/24113; FYES-24214)
Learning to See in the Arts and Sciences
4 science/3 elective credits
Melissa Hughes/Tina Hirsig
Is art merely decoration for your wall? Is science simply the production of facts?   This learning community highlights the creative processes - the generation of novel and unexpected ideas and synthesis of these ideas to achieve a goal - common to both Fine Art and Science. While their materials differ, both approach their work through observing the world with a sense of wonder and curiosity.  Learning to observe intently is essential for both artists and scientists and will be taught through class assignments, listening to guest speakers from the local arts and science communities, engaging in field trips in the local community, as well as a final gallery exhibition on campus that will be collaboratively planned among faculty and students.

(CRN22237/23688; FYES-24161)
Amen! Connecting African-American Religion and Environmental Justice
6 humanities credits
Roneka Matheny/Todd LeVasseur
Be among the few students in the country exploring the connections between race, religion, politics, and the environment!  From slavery to the Civil Rights Movement to modern day opposition to environmental racism, the "Black Church" has played a central role in the African-American community.  We will examine the role that the church has played in organizing around political issues that specifically relate to the environment, while at the same time developing expertise in African American religion and politics dating back to the 1600s.  Field trips into urban and rural African-American communities in the Lowcountry will give students a first-hand look at instances of environmental justice, and a final service project will allow students to put all that they have learned to use.

(CRN 20938,24168,and FYES 24162 or 24167, 21570 and FYES 24170)
The City in Theory and Practice
3 humanities/3 social science credits
Joe Kelly/Claire Curtis
How can a group of people with different aims and interests live together peacefully? Analyzing this question in light of western political thought and Charleston as a place, students will get out into the city and experience its geography, politics, demography, culture, and infrastructure.  We will interpret a community in practice.  What can we learn about a just society when analyzing Charleston?  How can studying Charleston help us understand equality, freedom, citizenship?  How well does Charleston compare to model communities?

(CRN 22651, 23677 and FYES - 24163)
Become a Millionaire - Invest in Yourself 
6 elective credits
Lancie Affonso/Jocelyn Evans
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Few will deny that recent events which have resulted in financial market turmoil in our economy have been exacerbated by the problems many Americans face in handling their own credit and personal finances.  Are you interested in making more informed decisions about your personal finances? Students in this learning community will utilize online tools to help them develop their financial skills and improve their understanding of the changing social and economic environment in which financial decisions are made. So get your financial game plan on and start investing in yourself now, while you’re young.

(CRN 21723/23660 and FYES - 24179; or 24177/24178 and FYES - 24180)
Altered States: From a Social and Psychological Perspective
6 social science credits
Jen Wright/Heath Hoffman
Alcohol and other drugs have been used for centuries.  Most of us have used mind-altering substances in the last week (from caffeine to tobacco to prescription drugs) – and some have even consumed an “illicit” drug.  This course will examine the ways that alcohol and other drugs have become central to everyday life.  It will discuss the psychology of drug use and abuse – the influence it has on our cognitive-emotional states and behaviors.  We will explore the role of medicine, media, America’s cultural values and unique history with drugs to identify factors that make drug use in America the norm rather than the exception, especially within the college population.

PSYC103/COMM215                                                                                                                                                                                                   (CRN 21966/23844 and FYES - 24164; or 24181/24182 and FYES - 24183)
The Individual in Community
3 social science/3 elective credits
Lisa Thompson Ross/Celeste Lacroix
At some point in our lives, we have likely asked ourselves, “Where do I fit in?” and “Why are relationships so difficult?” We desire a sense of belonging, and at the same time we encounter “roadblocks” in our relationships with others. In these courses, we will explore the foundations or the individual and the community/context in which individuals live and communicate, with emphasis on intrapersonal/interpersonal processes and patterns, and looking closely at demographic variables influencing how we perceive ourselves, each other, and our sense of community. Our discussions will highlight the importance of psychological and communication processes for understanding the tension between the individual and the community.

(CRN 20241/ 21415 and FYES - 24201; or 24198/ 24200 and FYES - 24202)
Summing Up Life: Connecting Biology and Mathematics
4 science/4 Math credits
Miranda McManus/Ben Cox
This learning community is for freshmen majoring in biology, biochemistry, mathematics, or discovery informatics. Students in this community will transition to college through active learning and problem-solving.  We will emphasize the inherent links between biology and mathematics through collaborative assignments, supplemental instruction, peer facilitation, and social activities. Assignments will focus on data collection and biological, computational and mathematical reasoning. In the calculus course we will cover examples appearing in biology and medicine.  In the biology course, we will use an experiment-based approach to the material which will incorporate the analysis of physiological phenomena and the mathematical approach to the discovery of the components of various biological systems.

(CRN 20868/20908 and FYES - 24236)
Society and the Individual
4 English/3 social science credits
Marie Fitzwilliam/Ann Stein
Have you ever wondered why people behave the way they do? Do you want to know what creates stereotypes and how they influence the individual?  Observe human behavior through the windows of sociology and English for a better understanding of your world.  Discover the insights that these disciplines offer about how society affects you and how you affect society.   Both classes will look at this theme through provocative essays, readings, and film discussion.  Completion of this community fulfills the English component and one course in the social science component of the College's general education requirements

(CRN 22006 and FYES - 24231 and Maymester class)
The Art of Business
3 Humanities/3 Elective credits
Allen Lyndrup/David Desplaces
Creating a sustainable community through business and theatre: This community seeks to identify and cultivate universal relational and academic skills through cross curriculum collaboration by participating in a summer study abroad trip in Paris (Maymester) and a service-learning project in Charleston (Spring 2012). The community also seeks to develop appreciation and understanding of the business of producing art and the art of productive business. Students enrolling in this learning community must commit to the study abroad trip during Maymester 2012.


FYSM103 CRN23658
Are we what we like? Popular culture and identity
3 social science credits
Hector Qirko
“What kind of music do you like?” is a common question, and we ask it because answers tell us a great deal more about people than just what pleases their ear.  Similarly, other aspects of popular culture (movies, television, clothing, food, games, jokes, etc.) tell us who people are and what they stand for, and our own preferences in these areas reflect in  part what we want to communicate about ourselves to others.  This seminar explores anthropological approaches to understanding the role of popular culture in shaping identity and the means through which individuals and groups accept, reject, transform, and manipulate aspects of popular culture to achieve social, economic, and political goals.

FYSM113 CRN24117 and FYES - 24149
Games & Gladiators: Athletic Competition in the Greco-Roman World
3 humanities credits
Kristen Gentile
Athletics have become a ubiquitous part of modern society. We are inundated with stories of athletic competitions and associated scandals. This seminar will address these issues in the Greco-Roman world. We will look at how athletics were understood in antiquity by examining the development of sport and spectacle. We will discuss how athletic competitions developed out of a ritual context and their importance within ancient religious systems. In addition, we will examine the development of athletics in the Roman world, especially in the form of gladiatorial games. In this seminar, students will read a variety of ancient authors, including Homer, Pindar, Pausanias, Suetonius, and 
Tertullian, all of whom describe the role of athletics in Greek and Roman culture.

FYSM115 CRN23873
Tough Jews and Cultural Identity
3 humanities credits
David Moscowitz
There really is no limit to how cultural identity is depicted in popular culture. In particular, it could be argued that Jewishness today is represented more robustly than ever before.  This course examines tensions of contemporary Jewish identity by considering depictions of, by, and about Jews in popular culture as well as criticism and analysis of Jewish cultural representation.  In doing so, the course studies the portrayal of “tough Jews,” those Jews either real or representational (and sometimes radical) who are determined to close the door on essentialism, victimization, emasculation, and self-hatred.  Some figures of cultural identity that will be studied include Jewish gangsters and gangstas, heroes such as the Hebrew Hammer, and even a Jewish skinhead.

FYSM123 CRN24119
The Scientist in Society
3 elective credits
Caroline Hunt 
This seminar asks future science majors how scientists should function in their communities. Topics include death/dying issues, the nature of scientific thought, and the social responsibilities of scientists. We focus on how to find and assess information, how to put ideas into written form, and how to rewrite effectively. Students who have taken an earlier version of this course have found it very useful in preparing for future allied health careers.

FYSM123 CRN20980
Say My Name: Contemporary Constructions of Black Womanhood
3 humanities credits
Consuela Francis
This course is a critical examination of contemporary representations of black women in film, music, and literature.  Taking black feminist scholarship as our guide and using contemporary hip hop, controversies surrounding First Lady Michelle Obama, and the films Why Did I Get Married? and Precious as test cases, we will also explore the question of who gets to define black womanhood and for what purpose.  We will also investigate the ways in which black womanhood is characterized through intersectional racial, sexual, gender, and class identities.   

FYSM133 CRN23801 and FYES - 24150
A Window into Russia: the major people, events, and influences of Russia’s cultural history 
3 humanities credits
Oksana Petrovna
Think you know Russia? Think again. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the world has only begun to glimpse Russia’s rich history and extraordinary culture. “A Window into Russia” leads you through 1200 years to the present in a sweeping survey of Russia’s major historical turning points and figures, with special insight into the worlds of literature, art, music, and dance. You have never seen Russia—the real Russia—like this, and you will never think of it the same way. Come travel with us as we explore one of the world’s most dynamic and intriguing cultures that is once again on the rise.
(also towards Russian Studies minor)

FYSM134 CRN20986
A Bridge Too Far? Sports Physiology and the Cooper River Bridge Run
3 elective credits
Michael Flynn
This course is designed for students of all ability levels.  It will provide an introduction to exercise science, sports physiology concepts and measurement techniques, and scientific writing. Students will use their own bodies as a laboratory to focus on physiological adaptations to training while training to run/walk the Cooper River Bridge Run. Emphasis will be placed on  physiology, nutrition, and injury prevention.  Several testing techniques in exercise science will be included such as VO2 max measurement (measures aerobic fitness), body composition analysis, nutritional analysis, and other fitness and performance tests.   

FYSM134 CRN20985 and FYES - 24151
Opportunities in Medical and Allied Health
3 elective credits
Michelle Futrell
This course will introduce students to professional opportunities within the medical and allied health fields, and expose students to basic terminology, psychomotor skills, and current issues and challenges facing health-care professionals.  Students will be exposed to the spirit of volunteerism exhibited by health care providers through service learning alongside these providers.  Students will participate in on-campus lectures presented by health care providers similar to continuing education required by most health professions. Students will ascertain professional attitudes and attributes of medical and allied health professionals through one on one observation and interaction.

FYSM136 CRN24306
The History of Latinos/as in the United States
3 humanities credits
Carla Breidenbach
Have you wondered about the social, cultural, and political roles that Latin@s play in the United States? This course is designed to introduce and familiarize students with the rich and diverse experiences of the different Latin@ populations in the United States: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and Central and South Americans.  Using interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches (film, literature, and scholarly articles), the course explores such topics as: the immigration process, language issues, politics, education, gender roles, and media portrayal of Latin@s. As the semester goes along, the general broad scope will shift to narrower more regional focus of Latin@s in the Southeast.  Students will have the opportunity to develop their research skills, learn about linguistic, cultural, and sociological analysis, and engage in field research with the local Latin@ community.

FYSM138 CRN24120 and FYES - 24152
Roads of Silk, Streets of Water: Premodern Global Cultural Exchange
3 humanities credits
Jen Welsh
The term “Silk Road” conjures up a host of exotic images of cross-cultural interaction and trans-continental trade. First invented in the nineteenth century by European explorers, the “Silk Road” actually covers a series of land and sea routes which created an intricate web of connections and relationships across and around Eurasia. In this course, students will explore these routes and how they enabled the movement of goods, ideas, and people from the time of Imperial Rome and Han Dynasty China through the fifteenth century. We’ll meet Daoist monks who visited the Mongols, merchants who carried Chinese porcelain to Baghdad, and Buddhist artists who created fantastic painted caves in the deserts of Central Asia. Our explorations will entail both texts and visual sources such as maps and pictures. Counts as HIST115.

FYSM142 CRN 23881
Debating Immigration
Adam Mendelsohn
3 humanities credits
The United States is in the middle of a major – and often overheated – debate about immigration. This same debate has numerous echoes in American history. This class will examine responses to earlier episodes of mass migration to our shores, focusing on reactions to the arrival of millions of eastern European Jews from the 1880s until the 1920s. By reading a range of historical sources including memoirs and novels, we will investigate how the American public viewed the immigrants, how Jews viewed the immigration.

FYSM148 CRN24147
Technology and the Modern Enterprise
3 elective credits
Lancie Affonso
Is Facebook really worth $15 billion?
The intersection where web technology and business meet is both terrifying and exhilarating. But if you are under the age of thirty, realize that this is your space. While the fortunes of any individual or firm rise and fall over time, it’s abundantly clear that many of the world’s most successful technology firms were created by young people. Students in this business course will learn how emerging management information systems are applied for competitive advantage, and used to enhance other business disciplines such as marketing, accounting, finance, and operations.

FYSM150 CRN21777 and FYES - 24176
Art of Song from Schubert to the Beatles
3 humanities credits
Blake Stevens
The songs of The Beatles have been favorably compared to those of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. What does it mean to place these “popular songs” alongside the classics of nineteenth-century German “art song”? This course introduces students to the styles and techniques of song composition, studying different modes of lyrical expression in classical, folk, and popular genres. Students will explore ways of understanding the cultural meanings of songs and those who make and sing them.

FYSM156 – not in brochure CRN24148
Living in a Global World
3 social science credits
Hollis France 
We are constantly bombarded with the refrain “We live in a global world.” But what does that really mean?  As Americans we are becoming increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of our lives with other parts of the world.  This is evident in the consumer goods we utilize on a daily basis, our dependence on foreign oil, or the outsourcing of jobs, which facilitate access to cheaper consumer goods and services.  This course seeks to provide students with the conceptual tools and background information to understand the world around them.

FYSM158 CRN23702 and FYES - 24153
Child-Related Careers
3 elective credits
Virginia Bartel/Susan Simonian
Do you think you would like a career working with children (infants through twelve year-olds), perhaps teaching, nursing, acting as a therapist, or a librarian?  Find out by visiting settings in this course such as hospitals, schools, clinics, churches, museums, county offices, and libraries where you will interview and observe those holding child-related positions.  This course will explore a broad area of biological, psychological, educational, and social influences in the context of a risk/resiliency model. Topics include best practices in education (i.e., childcare, Head Start, preschool, elementary school), child development, prevention, risk and resiliency, child abuse and maltreatment. Group and individual course projects will entail website creation, digital story-telling, brochure creation, short papers, and presentations. 

FYSM 158 CRN23703 and FYES - 24154
Drugs, Behavior, and the College Trip
3 social science credits
Chad Galuska
This course will explore the use and abuse of psychoactive drugs and alcohol among college students. An emphasis will be placed on the problem of substance abuse as it relates to health and legal risks, academic problems, and risks associated with violent crime and sexual assault. Students will be introduced to the behavioral, cognitive, social, personality, and neural factors underlying drug and alcohol abuse.  Treatment strategies will be discussed within a harm-reduction framework.  An orientation to the College of Charleston’s Counseling and Substance Abuse Services will be provided.

FYSM160 CRN2366 and FYES - 24220
Women and Religion: Maidens, Mothers, Mystics and Martyrs
3 humanities credits
Louise Doire
Students will explore several themes in the study of women’s religious history. From the ancient period: women’s various roles and activities as members of religious communities, the variety of symbols and images for the divine feminine/goddesses, the narratives of other female mythic figures and finally, representations of women in ancient and sacred texts. During the medieval period we will focus on constructions of holy virgin, saint, martyr and mystic, and spend some time exploring the significance of religion during the European persecution of women. The latter part of the course will find us in the 19th and 20th centuries where we will study how religious rhetoric and texts were appropriated in appeals to the abolition and First Wave feminist movements.

FYSM162  CRN23672
Individual in Families: Dealing with Dying and Death
3 social science credits
George Dickinson
Do you recall your first death experience? Who or what died? How did you react? How did your parents/guardians handle the situation? How do families in the United States and in other cultures deal with dying and death? How is death understood throughout the life cycle? This course will expose the students to dying and death. Some of the topics to be covered include: the dying process, biomedical issues, suicide, living with dying, death attitudes throughout the life cycle, diversity in death rituals, perspectives on life after death, legal and business issues about death, and coping with loss.

FYSM168 - not in brochure CRN23934
Gender Outlaws: Our Culture War over Sexual Identity
3 humanities credits
Richard Nunan
Among western cultures, Americans have been especially worried about an alleged distinction between good and bad sexual identities. Why the furor? This question will be explored through an examination of the origin of the concepts of heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism, and the continuing evolution of moral attitudes in our culture concerning these concepts, relying on a broad interdisciplinary selection of academic work: historical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, and religious, together with some literary and cinematic treatments of sexual identity.

FYSM172 CRN24146 and FYES - 24155
The Role of the Quran in Contemporary Islam
3 humanities credits
Ghazi Abuhakema
The course introduces students to some of the key themes of the Quran and its role as a source of authority for Muslims, alongside the Hadith- sayings and deeds traced back to the prophet Mohammad. The course depicts how the Quran was revealed, transmitted, compiled, disseminated and interpreted. In addition, the course will examine some current, and in some cases controversial, issues (e.g., the role of women in Islam, Jihad, the Islamic view of other religious traditions, etc.) and explore how particular Quranic passages have been cited and interpreted with respect to these issues. Readings of the Quran and other texts including classic and contemporary commentaries will be based on English translations; thus knowledge in Arabic will not be required.

FYSM172 CRN 24406 and FYES 24407
Stories of Chinese Youth: Tradition and Culture in Chinese Cinema
3 humanities credits
Lei Jin
What do we see in the dreams of Chinese youth, past and present, and in city and countryside? How are their dreams and lives shaped and impacted by traditional cultural values and a rapidly changing society? Focusing on the cinematic presentations of the lives of youth, this course will first introduce to the students the Chinese traditions and values in which the martial arts movies are deep rooted. Switching from the imagined world to reality, the course will explore the social, cultural, and environmental impacts brought about by the dramatic changes of the past three decades in China. In addition, the students will gain a better understanding of the cultural conflicts faced by young Chinese immigrants and American travelers as they seek to live and learn American or Chinese society, respectively.

FYSM174 CRN21448 and FYES - 24227
The Economics of Globalization
3 social science credits
Jesus Sandoval-Hernandez
This course provides an introduction to key aspects of economic development and basic economic analysis to explain the globalization phenomena. Students will examine real-world case studies which illustrate international market integration. Students will also be exposed to Economics methodological tools.  This course will challenge students to discover the global chain of economic relationships that affect their everyday lives.  What they will find is that their daily milk involves a lot more than just cows and that their Ipods are incredibly multicultural. This first-year seminar does not require previous knowledge of economics.